Big Government Turnaround

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So I took this photo of a handout being distributed at a major local university here in Washington, DC.


Sort of ironic for this sign that says:

“Big Government Sucks”


…to be handed out in the capital of the United States of America!


It would make sense that this negative notion of big government is connected to the low approval ratings of Congress (17%) and government services (64.4) provided.


People are seeing and sensing that big government is bad government when it is:


– Dictatorial, corrupt, and discriminatory. 


– Mired in fraud, waste, abuse, and coverups. 


– Self-serving for the politicians that are elected to serve the people. 


– When it is bureaucratic and ineffective. 


– When it is confused and without vision or plan for the country. 


– When it’s indecisive, makes bad decisions, or can’t successfully execute short- and long-term on it’s mission. 


– When it is lacking in basic values of democracy, freedom, and human rights for all. 


At the same time, big government can be great government, when it is a beacon of light for its citizens and for the nations of the earth. 


– When it protects us from dictators, demagogues, terrorists, weapons of mass destruction, criminals, and all sorts of disasters.


– When it holds strong and cutting-edge the economy, prosperity, innovation, education, and competitive advantage of the nation. 


– When it safeguards and keeps sustainable the environment for future generations. 


– When it preserves and fortifies freedom, human rights, social equity, equality, and justice. 


– When it looks after the needy and less fortunate.


– When it lead the world in exploration, discovery, partnerships, and ultimately doing good for the people, the planet, and our future. 


Big government sucks when it goes wrong and then they start handing out these sad signs on our nation’s premier college campuses. 


This is a big problem to turnaround?  


But with smart, committed, and moral leadership it can be done!😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Heads Down, Pants Down

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If you put your head down in the global sand, then eventually your pants are going to get pulled down too, and you are going to get royally scr*wed (or should I say scr*w things up). 


And that’s exactly what’s happening to the reputation of the U.S. here and abroad.


Domestically, another 3 terror attacks just over the weekend in New York , New Jersey, and Minnesota.


While overseas, a humanitarian aid convey is attacked in Syria destroying 18 trucks and killing 20 people, and this after being coordinated with Russia, in advance.


And despite our touting our own horn of achievements at the UN yesterday, in the Wall Street Journal today, the former prime minister of Denmark and secretary-general of NATO is crying out on behalf of the world and imploring the U.S. to once again lead in the world, stating:

“We desperately need a U.S. president who is able to lead the free world and counter autocrats…right now, the [global] village is burning…we need a policeman to restore order; we need a firefighter to put out the flames.”


He goes on as to the consequences of the apparent reluctance to lead:


– “Middle East is torn by war”


– “Libya has collapsed and become a breeding ground for terrorists”


– “Resurgent Russia has brutally attacked and grabbed land by force from Ukraine”


– “China is flexing its muscles against its neighbors”


– “Rogue state of North Korea is threatening nuclear attack”


Oh, and I think he forget this one, but another WSJ piece captured it:


– “One year after Iran deal, Iran’s right’s violations and aggression continue [unabated]”


But aside from fighting terrorism and despots in the world, even when it comes to fighting for critical civil rights, there is weakness and disillusionment (today from Jason Riley in the Journal):

“By almost any traditional metric,–home-ownership, median incomes, labor participation, poverty–blacks are worse off today than they were at the start of Mr. Obama’s first term.” 


This country cannot lead with it’s head down and it’s hands tied!


It’s way past time to pick our heads up high and buckle our belts and get back in the ring to fight with belief and determination for what is right for us and the world.😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

State of U.S. Relationships

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Here is the current state of a sampling of U.S. relationships with other countries around the world.


As the “superpower” and as a people who strongly value freedom, democracy, and human rights, as well as a people mainly of faith, we have the obligation to do good in this world. 


Also, we recognize our imperative to maintain strength and promote peace, prosperity, and betterment for all mankind.


We have some enormous challenges ahead, and we had better be up to it. 


There is a lot riding on this!😉

 

(All opinions my own)


(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

To Evil ISIS

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I was thinking of holding this photo for “the next” big terrorist attack (G-d forbid). 


But it’s just two days before 9/11, and I thought of all the victims of ISIS terror and said, why wait.


So this is to memorialize all the victims of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Taliban, Boko Haram, the PLO, BDS, and other vile terrorist groups.


For all the victims–men, women, and children–you brutally and ruthlessly:


Beheaded.


Crucified.


Hung.


Shot.


Stabbed.


Stoned.


Threw off of Roofs.


Burned Alive.


Ran over with tanks and other vehicles. 


Poisoned. 


Abducted.


Raped.


Tortured.


Imprisoned. 


Enslaved. 


Sold.


Made refugees. 


Bombed. 


Gassed.


For the mothers and fathers you made childless.


For the children you made orphaned.


For the husbands and wives you left widowed. 

May the one G-d in heaven recompense you for all your evil deeds, may he thwart all your plans and attempts to harm, kill, and destroy, and may he thrust his heavenly spear of judgement through your devilish hearts and straight into the endless depths of Hell. 


(Source Photo: America)

Best Diplomacy Shirt

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I took this photo in the Metro, so I apologize for the poor lighting. 


But never-the-less, to me, this wins for best diplomacy shirt. 

“Respect All

Fear None”

In dealing with others at home and abroad, we must respect everyone. 


And this is not just paying lip service to others while really giving a tacit nod to derision and divisiveness.


Rather we need to have genuine respect for all people, cultures, religions, freedom and human rights. 


At the same time, we must fear no one. 


We need to carry a big stick, as my grandfather used to say.


That along with plenty of carrots (but used strategically and not wastefully) to positively influence the good in others. 


The point is that disengagement, appeasement, and weakness benefits no one. 


Rather, it encourages violence, destruction, and refugees, and global disorder. 


It’s time to stop fearing and running, and to make a firm stand for good and meaningful things that we really believe in.


We are not the police of the world, but we are smart, and good, and powerful, and will project and use that power wisely to ensure that good prevails over evil, always. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Shooting Blanks

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Like this joke gun, this unfortunately is our national standing as a paper tiger in the new world order.


Just this last week…


1) China: “To diminish the US,” our President is forced to disembark from the underbelly of Air Force One, because they wouldn’t give him mobile stairs, let alone a red carpet welcome, while they continue the illegal buildout in the South China Sea threatening freedom of navigation of the seas. 


2) Russia: Russia stares down our President and ignores 17 U.S. overtures to end the more than 5-year civil war in Syria that has cost over 400,000 lives, made 5 million refugees, and over 8 million more displaced, and let’s not even talk about Ukraine. 


3) Iran:  For the second time in as many weeks, Iran has sent numerous speedboats to harass U.S. Navy ships in international waters in the Persian Gulf, and this after it was just disclosed that we sent 2 more plane loads of cash to Iran–3 in total for $1.7 billion to “leverage” another hostage release by Iran–and after we chased them on a deal to remove sanctions on their dangerous nuclear WMD development. 


4) North Korea: 3 more midrange ballistic missiles were fired from North Korea toward the Sea of Japan in a continuing escalation of hostilities there on top of prior long-range and submarine-based missile launches further threatening the U.S. 


5) Laos: Even in the traditionally friendly country of Laos, the President is snubbed by terrible name-calling and insults and is forced to cancel his meeting with their leader. 


6) Trade pacts:   Whether your looking east or west, both the Transatlantic Trade Deal (TTIP) and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) are dead, while Brexit is a fait accompli, the setback to the world economy, trust, and collaboration is tangible. 


7) Terrorism: The “U.N. warns of growing Islamic terrorist threats” as more than 500 have been murdered in the last 6 months alone from Belgium to the U.S., and the threat growing from a more decentralized worldwide terrorist apparatus, as well as the potential employment of weapons of mass destruction


Whether with regards to other world powers or global alliances, our standing in world affairs in troubling at best and seriously threatened at worst.  


As long as we are shooting blanks of blue stardust, we will continue to lose credibility, respect, and the ability to effect positive change and influence in an increasingly dangerous world.😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Your Decision America – Fit For Office or Prison?

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The short list of serious and lengthy corruption and scandal in office:

Whitewater Pyramid Scheme


Travelgate


Furnituregate


Filegate


Cattle Futures (Insider?) Trading


Voter Rigging / Collusion With DNC Against Bernie Sanders


Secret Email Servers


Reckless Handling Classified Information


Endangering National Security


Cover Up of Deaths in Benghazi


Lies To American Public


Probe Into Perjury To Congress


Pay To Play With Donors


Money Laundering Through Clinton Foundation


Conflict of Interest In Office 


Soft Intimidation of Attorney General / FBI Investigation


Defending Sexual Abuse and Laughing About It


Rabid Violence, Refugees, and Crisis Worldwide


17 Claims of Rape and Sexual Affairs


47 Clinton Associates Who Turned Up Dead 


56% View Clinton Unfavorably


71% Unhappy With Country’s Direction


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Amazon)